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Celebrating nearly 30 Years of CIT

  June/ July 2016


2017 CIT International Conference 
Fort Lauderdale, FL

details to be announced

Certified CIT Coordinator Course
At the April 2016 CIT International Conference the first Certified CIT Coordinator Course was delivered at the Leadership Institute following the Conference in Chicago.  It was developed in response to requests from many CIT International members for such a course.  

This first training was completed by 81 persons including a Deputy Chief of Police, behavioral health providers, advocates, and police officers all with a variety of levels of experience as CIT Coordinators hailing from Canada and states all over the US.  Participants were presented printed Certificates and a lapel pin at the conclusion of the training and also received a flash drive containing resource materials for their future use.  Developed for persons who are serving as CIT Coordinators, the course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of CIT Coordinators as they develop, deliver, and enhance the CIT Program in their own communities. Attendees of Coordinator Training

Some quotes from attendees:

"First time to have this explained to me, even though I have been involved as a coordinator for several years.  Excellent."

"Very good reminders of the importance of working as a community."

"Great ideas that I had not considered, especially involving the community."

" Great instruction. Triggered a lot of ideas to make our program successful."

"Our County was focused primarily on training.  I am resurrecting the Steering Committee on Monday!"

"Great suggestions on how to begin collecting and charting data from overlapping systems."

"Presenters were Wonderful!  Knowledge Great!"

"I wish I had had this training earlier.  This was great!"

"Amazing group of presenters!"

"This certification course was great and NEEDED!"

"This training was wonderful.  I feel more prepared to take our already strong CIT program to a whole new level.  Can't thank you enough for putting this together."
"I have been to many trainings.  This was the most "professional" TRAINING."

"Very thought provoking training."

To see a list of Attendees of this course go to:


The development of this 8 hour training was coordinated by board members Suzanne Andriukaitis and Tom von Hemert and contributed to by board members Mike Woody, Sam Cochran, Ron Bruno, Nick Margiotta, Pat Strode, and Kurt Gawrisch.  CIT Researcher Amy Watson, Ph.D. was asked to address the importance of collecting program data and outcome measures.  This was the team which delivered this first Certified CIT Coordinator Course.


June 19, 2016

At 1145 this afternoon, a 911 call came in from a person observing a female that was on the Leigh Street Bridge that had just stepped over the rail and was looking down to the river. RFD, RAA (482 and EMS1 (Greg Robertson)) and RPD arrived on scene within a few minutes to find the female on the other side of the rail threatening suicide. RFD made initial contact with the person and this person did allow RFD to put webbing around the patients waist, but did not comply at that point with coming across the rail. One of the negotiators and EMS1 (Greg Robertson) with RPD made voice contact with the patient and was speaking with the patient attempting to gain rapport and talk the patient into accepting help and to come on the other side of the rail. I was told that the negotiator didn't have a great rapport with the patient, identified that Greg Robertson had a better established relationship at that point with the patient, so the negotiator stepped back allowing Lt. Robertson to interact with the patient. After a considerable amount of time of Lt. Robertson and the patient speaking with each other, Lt. Robertson was able to convince the patient to accept help and the patient was assisting onto the other side of the bridge and was transported under an ECO by RPD to CTC at Chippenham.

Lt. Robertson had just finished the CIT course this past week and ironically his advanced scenario was the bridge jumper. Lt. Robertson said he used the 4 coaching plays and other approaches learned during the coarse throughout his interaction with the patient. Lt. Robertson said the entire interaction was "nerve wracking," however he felt more comfortable and by far more prepared than he would've been before this training.

The skills learned aren't as "front page worthy" in most cases as today's was, but make our daily interactions with persons going through crisis much more effective and successful. As was evident today and in countless other situations, this training is lifesaving as was the case for this female in crisis today.

This was hopefully a once in a career situation that Lt. Robertson went through today, also hopefully a once in a lifetime situation that the patient went through. We are so appreciative of the opportunity to participate in this training, but even more so appreciative of the training was the patient today that was likely going through one of the worst times of her life and the product of this training was integral for a very fortunate outcome this afternoon.

CIT International wishes to thank Richmond VA Police Dept for this story.

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Trumbull Correctional Certified Members
CIT class of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Members

A pinning ceremony took place in Leavittsburg, Ohio, on Friday, June 17, to recognize the inaugural class of CIT-trained professionals employed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC).

Warden Charmaine Bracy and Trumbull Correctional Institution (TCI), a facility that houses and manages mostly Level 3 Close Security offenders, hosted the 40-hour training. Professionals from TCI, Richland Correctional Institution (RCI), and the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) were among the graduates.

ODRC has been in the planning stages of bringing CIT to its agency since early 2015 when the agency applied for technical assistance from the National Institute of Corrections. The state of Ohio has approximately 10,000 offenders with diagnosed mental illness residing in state prisons on average. More than forty percent of those offenders are severely affected by their symptoms, bringing challenges to daily
life tasks such as waking, showering, eating, working, socializing and learning. Thanks to the commitment of Director Gary Mohr and other ODRC leadership to rehabilitating offenders, the department is seeking innovative ways to manage the population of offenders with mental illness who often times require additional time, patience, and resources. Equipping staff with CIT training is part of the strategy to manage
offenders better than ever before.

"I believe the best part of the 40-hour CIT training was the quality of the scenarios," said CIT graduate Natalie Magee of OSP. "The actors were extremely effective in providing life-like situations with mentally ill inmates. The scenarios allowed for all to participate and to be engaged in the scenario." The feedback on the scenarios was unanimous. Overwhelmingly, students reported back that it was the best part of the

Kim Roschie, a social worker and training manager within ODRC, has helped to coordinate CIT for the department. When asked why bringing CIT became a priority for the agency, she replied, "It is 2016 and we are at a crossroads. We must decide how we will consistently handle offenders who have mental illness who are in our custody or under our supervision. Research shows us that an offender's symptoms can
have a detrimental impact on their thinking, feeling and overall functioning. Experience shows us that how we respond to them can have a positive impact on their recovery. That is why CIT is so promising. CIT has the potential to bring sweeping change to our department and Director Mohr has been 100 percent supportive of this initiative. He has been wanting to bring CIT to the department for years."

Taking the lead on this initiative is Don Morgan, the ODRC Deputy Director of Special Operations. Morgan brings a great deal of credibility as he has held a variety of leadership positions for the department. Morgan chairs the statewide CIT Steering Committee for ODRC and will hand select a local CIT Coordinator for each of the state's 27 institutions and Adult Parole Authority (APA) regions. He has confidence that over the next several years ODRC will be able to reach its goal of training 30% of staff in CIT.

Tereasa Jamison, Chief of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, has been instrumental in fostering networks
with mental health agencies and advocacy groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Ohio, CIT International, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJCCOE), and NIC.

Jamison addressed a crowd in May 2016 at a CIT event. Her message was clear and concise - ODRC is embracing this initiative because it works. In Ohio, a state that is leading the nation in the number of CIT-trained professionals, we can all bear witness to the successes of CIT. Lisa Marie Griffin, a consumer advocate and national presenter, echoed those sentiments in a speech she gave to the same audience.

"CIT changed my life," said Griffin who was previously incarcerated at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. The hope of ODRC is that CIT will continue to change lives. It was evident at TCI that this is already happening. Staff are more aware of and more prepared to handle offenders with mental illness.

Don Gant, CIT Coordinator for TCI, said, "The emotion that surfaced during the week was one of satisfaction. Finally people are understanding there's a better way to do business that will make things better for staff and inmates. The benefits of CIT will be department wide but operations staff will reap them the most. They are the ones who have the most contact with our inmate population."

CIT International and BARC Help Each Other

CIT International membership cards receive final  processing from BARC, a non profit organization providing opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities. BARC was founded in Bucks County PA in 1951 by parents of children with developmental delays. These parents sought growth and achievement opportunities for their children. Today they serve over 700 individuals from birth through retirement. 

The BARC Production Service provides jobs and services using workers that  have been doing product assembly for years and are trained to do a variety of assembly work, from simple to complex. 

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